U.S. Census Bureau
How America Knows What America Needs

1990 Mail Response Rates by Most Populous Cities in the Nation

Note: Adjusted for 2000 geographic boundaries. Items marked with an (*) means this entity did not exist in 1990 or the Census Bureau used a different method to gather information for the entity, or the boundaries have since changed.

City

Response Rate

1998 Population Estimate

1. New York city, NY

53

7,420,166

2. Los Angeles city, CA*

60

3,597,556

3. Chicago city, IL*

54

2,802,079

4. Houston city, TX*

56

1,786,691

5. Philadelphia city, PA

57

1,436,287

6. San Diego city, CA*

67

1,220,666

7. Phoenix city, AZ*

60

1,198,064

8. San Antonio city, TX*

67

1,114,130

9. Dallas city, TX*

57

1,075,894

10. Detroit city, MI

57

970,196

11. San Jose city, CA*

69

861,284

12. San Francisco city, CA

64

745,774

13. Indianapolis city, IN

70

741,304

14. Jacksonville city, FL*

59

693,630

15. Columbus city, OH*

71

670,234

16. Baltimore city, MD*

63

645,593

17. El Paso city, TX*

68

615,032

18. Memphis city, TN

61

603,507

19. Milwaukee city, WI*

71

578,364

20. Boston city, MA

46

555,447

21. Austin city, TX*

62

552,434

22. Seattle city, WA*

70

536,978

23. Washington city, DC

56

523,124

24. Nashville-Davidson, TN

57

510,274

25. Charlotte city, NC*

68

504,637

26. Portland city, OR*

66

503,891

27. Denver city, CO*

63

499,055

28. Cleveland city, OH

59

495,817

29. Fort Worth city, TX*

60

491,801

30. Oklahoma City city, OK*

61

472,221

31. New Orleans city, LA

50

465,538

32. Tucson city, AZ*

64

460,466

33. Kansas City city, MO*

59

441,574

34. Virginia Beach city, VA*

69

432,380

35. Long Beach city, CA*

63

430,905

36. Albuquerque city, NM*

62

419,311

37. Las Vegas city, NV*

61

404,288

38. Sacramento city, CA*

64

404,168

39. Atlanta city, GA*

55

403,819

40. Fresno city, CA*

63

398,133